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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447210980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447210986
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
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'The Boys in the Boat is a triumph of great writing matched with a magnificent story. Daniel James Brown strokes the keyboard like a master oarsman, blending power and grace to propel readers toward a heart-pounding finish.’

Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time.

Chariots of Fire – with oars [Brown’s] descriptions of the key races are exciting and dramatic, and it is impossible not to get wrapped up in the emotion.’ The Times

‘Like Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Michael Lewis’s Moneyball before it, The Boys in the Boat has all the ingredients for a film adaptation. Written with cinematic precision, it tells the story of Joe Rantz, who grows up in obscurity during the Great Depression only to triumph over adversity as one of the US rowing crew that won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics […] a moving, enlightening and gripping tale’ Financial Times

‘In 1936 nine working-class American boys burst from their small towns into the international limelight, unexpectedly wiping the smile off Adolf Hitler’s face by beating his vaulted German team to capture the Olympic gold medal. Daniel James Brown has written a robust, emotional snapshot of an era, a book you will recommend to your best friends.’

James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys, The Imperial Cruise

‘For this nautical version of Chariots of Fire, Brown crafts an evocative, cinematic prose … studded with engrossing explanations of rowing technique and strategy, exciting come-from-behind race scenes, and the requisite hymns to "mystic bands of trust and affection" forged on the water.’ Publishers Weekly

The Boys in the Boat is the thrilling true story of the 1936 University of Washington crew team, which went from backwater obscurity to a gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. […] A story this breathtaking demands an equally compelling author, and Brown does not disappoint. The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable.’ The Seattle Times

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An epic true-life journey to the heart of Hitler's Berlin.

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Daniel James Brown has constructed an excellent historical account of the Washington Eight who not only overcame all sorts of personal adversity but finally overcame the propagandist-driven German state machine at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This is not the first book I have read about coaching and team-working but this one has a tremendous depth of well-drawn context about the life and times in which the protagonists grew up and lived from the dust-bowl of the thirties in America, hot on the heels of the financial collapse at the end of the previous decade, through the manipulation by the Third Reich of 'their' Olympic games, famous for Jesse Owens perhaps rather more than the rowing-crew from the North West reaches of the US; and the Nazi rape of nations.

DJB has undertaken extensive research to develop a wonderful platform and shape to this thoroughly enthralling book. Learn more about the tough times in Europe and the US as well as the overcoming of evil by so much good. A good read and well-worth your personal effort in doing so.
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By Petra TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug. 2013
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Nine Boys and a Boat by Daniel James Brown for me was a great read which for one main reason it was a true story which showed so much faith in a sport and of course "the boat".
There is a main character within this fascinating book but I for me the main star was the actual boat - as it for me was the centre of the storyline. This is not a normal book speaking about people's experiences at their time of the Olympics but with Hitler actually being there, this story is truly unique and exceptional.
I would highly recommend The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown as not only a terrific book but one with so much more than a typical book of fiction as the author spoke of the races taking place I could almost see the action happening straight in front of me. The author has a wonderful talent of bringing the story to his audience and for that simple reason I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoys a good factual read based on characters like no other.
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I'm not sure if my delight in this book is just Olympic legacy or something else - either way, this book is a stonking good read. Brief synopsis - it's the story of the Washington University rowing 8s team of 1936 who rowed to Gold at Hitler's Berlin Olympics. But it's much, much deeper than that. (as if that wasn't enough!) The story of the main protagonist, Joe Rantz, is told in full detail and told well. His was a tale of abandonment and obscurity, slowly transforming to success and adulation.

This book is a long one, and while it does talk about the science and skill of rowing, it's mainly about the people. There's lots of rivalry and overcoming of difficulty. You really get the feel for the personalities of the rowers and their own struggles both on and off the water. Naturally, being about Americans, it has a slight feel of, 'wow, isn't America amazing' but it is only slight - I would've been quickly switched off if the flag waving had been excessive. It's clear that the best boat builder of the era was George Pocock - and he was London born and bred.

I recommend this book to rowers and non-rowers alike - I'm certainly not a rower and I loved it.
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By Bacchus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2013
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I've never been that interested in rowing but the historical background of this book made me decide to read it.

The book concerns the make up and background of the USA rowing team which competed and won gold in the 1936 Olympic Games.

It is a heroic tale as the team was from the state university of Washington and its members were not preppy privileged boys (who would have attended Ivy League schools or Berkeley in California) but boys who came from modest or even impoverished backgrounds. Much of the narrative focuses on one of the crew, Joe Rantz, who was virtually abandonded by his family and felt he had much to prove. Much of the training and trials took place against the great economic difficulties of the Depression era.

However this story also deals with the preparations for the 1936 Olympic Games, which Hitler's Minister of Propaganda Goebbels had tried to turn into a showcase for the Nazi State. It would do this by trying to demonstrate that the State was not the anti-Semitic repressive one that people thought and to show how Aryan athletes were physically superior to all others. Goebbels was aided in this by the film maker Leni Riefenstahl.

The Games did not go to plan in many ways, mainly due to the amazing prowess of some of the American athletes. The achievements of Jesse Owens are well known. I was not aware until reading this book about the rowing team. The writer has described the nail biting tension of each race from the earliest trials in the University rowing club right up to the final Olympic triumph in 1936. It shows how touch and go the final race was. The Americans were behind throughout the race until the very last seconds.

I learned a lot about rowing from this book and came to appreciate how much sport can matter to people. It made for a useful metaphor for dealing with life's ups and downs.

Highly recommended.
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Book club read, had to stick with it as it got technical in a way that was less interesting to a non rower. The participant's personal tales of endurance are quite remarkable and that's what interested me: the social aspect.
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